Sandvik wins its third largest BEV order to date
The Swedish industrial group Sandvik has received a major order from the Canadian mining company Torex Gold Resources to supply a fleet of mining machines for the Media Luna project in Mexico, including 15 battery-electric vehicles.
The order is worth SEK 650 million (about €57.5 mn or $62.4) and comprises 35 mining vehicles, including 16 battery-electric machines. The BEV order contains electric wheel loaders and twin-boom jumbos. These are so-called jacking rigs used in mining for tunnelling or drilling blast holes – in this case, with two booms and an electric drive. Sandvik does not mention the model names, but the homepage only lists the DD422iE model as a jacking rig with an electric drive.
According to Sandvik, this is the first order for battery-electric vehicles in Latin America and the third-largest order for a battery-electric mining fleet. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q3 2023 and continue into Q4 2025.
Torex expects to bring the Media Luna mine into commercial production in early 2025, ramping up to 7,500 tonnes per day by 2027 and creating one of Mexico’s largest underground mines. Torex is implementing battery-electric production equipment at Media Luna as part of a wider decarbonization strategy, reads the statement.
Naturally, electric mining equipment not only reduces CO2 emissions but also exhaust emissions and heat and noise pollution underground.
“This milestone order demonstrates that both BEVs and conventional ICE mining equipment can not only coexist in today’s mine but deliver value in different circumstances and applications,” says Mats Eriksson, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.
“We continue to see a high interest in our battery-electric offering, and this order also shows how we can help customers on the transition to more sustainable mining,” added “EO and President of Sandvik Stefan Widing.
Sandvik has been on our EV radar since 2021, when it first scored an order from mining companies in Canada. This year alone, the Swedish company has announced a large order from Norway and plans to build a plant in Malaysia focusing on battery-electric machines.